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Latinas Join Campaign Urging to Pass Common Sense Gun Laws, Protect Families

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:28 PM

The growing Latino demographic in our country, along with their demonstrated voting power, is poised to push legislators to favor stronger gun safety laws. And within the Latino community, women, especially mothers, are likely to be at the forefront in calling on Congress to protect our nation's children against gun-related...

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Turned Down For A Home Loan Or Apartment Because You're A Mom? Someone Just Broke The Law

(9) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 5:02 PM

"My husband and I were denied a home loan last year due to my being on maternity leave. It was a tremendously frustrating experience, as I was employed and on a federally protected leave; though I was told that in the eyes of the lender, I was unemployed."

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It Is Time to Re-Awaken the DREAM!

(22) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 6:09 PM

Looks like the DREAM is rising again. The DREAM Act, that is, and mothers have been weighing in on a vote that may come up in Congress as soon as today.

Women overwhelmingly support the DREAM Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that would provide a path to legal status...

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Why Do Moms DREAM?

(24) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 9:55 PM

Odds are, if you are a mom, you're one of the 72 percent of women in the United States who support the DREAM Act.

But we want to know why.

First, a quick refresher: The DREAM Act is short for the Development, Relief and Education...

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What Would Our Nation's Founders Say? Arizona, Human Rights, Children and Mothers

(133) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 11:32 AM

"All mothers want their children to live a better life than theirs; to give them the opportunity to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Throughout my childhood my mother worked countless double-shifts flipping burgers and scrubbing toilets at the local fast food joint. We never talked about the cockroach-ridden apartments or...
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Peaceful Revolution: Breastfeeding - A Secret Weapon to Save Billions of Dollars

(11) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 5:52 PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics' prestigious journal, Pediatrics, recently released a cost analysis on breastfeeding. The bottom line: The United States could save $13 billion annually if 90 percent of families were able to comply with medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for six months. This could also...

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Peaceful Revolution:Arizona's New Immigration Law and the "92 Percent Situation"

(198) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 5:44 PM

The conversation is everywhere -- Arizona has a new immigration law that requires police officers to detain anyone who "looks like" an illegal immigrant and fails to produce proof of American citizenship. And legislators in seven other states are now debating similar bills as are gubernatorial candidates in...

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Peaceful Revolution: Could BPA and Breast Milk be the Mercury/Fish Catch-22 for the Next Generation?

(12) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 12:54 PM

Last week the New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration is now willing to look into the health hazards of Bisphenol-A (BPA). Given that BPA is present in the lining of infant formula cans, the article tells us the FDA recommends that nursing mothers continue...

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